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Viva Hate

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Certified gold by the RIAA. (11/93)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Alsatian Cousin
  2. Little Man, What Now?
  3. Everyday Is Like Sunday
  4. Bengali In Platforms
  5. Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together
  6. Late Night, Maudlin Street
  7. Suedehead
  8. Break Up The Family
  9. Hairdresser On Fire
  10. The Ordinary Boys
  11. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me
  12. Dial-A-Cliche
  13. Margaret On The Guillotine


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: March 22, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LDQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I can't understand those critics/reviewers who nitpick at the album's alleged shortcomings i.e. its supposed shallow lyrics and lack of melodies. Sixteen years of listening, I find the album holds up quite well. First Stephen Street, the producer, gives the album a bright, clean sound that was never matched on subsequent Morrissey efforts. Second, there are plenty of strong singles here, including Suedhead, Everday Is Like Sunday, and Bengali in Platforms. While some of the songs are too long like Margaret on the Guillotine, overall the songs are Morrissey at his pop music best, the songs full of melancholy, angst, irony, all packaged in a wall of guitar sound to soothe those of us who would surely miss the jangling aching guitar sound of Johnny Marr.

If you like the melancholy wall of guitar sound, you might also check out another album that came out two years later, "Cake," by the Trash Can Sinatras.
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Thus opens this, one of the finest examples of late 80s britpop ever to come out. Rash, straight-forward, poetic and cunning. Utterly devastating.
Morrissey took a big step by releasing this record, just a few months after the demise of The Smiths... obviously, the style is pretty much there and it evolved through the years with a lot of hits and a lot o misses, too.
The two pièces-de-resistance of this album are the very well known "Suedehead" and "Everyday is like Sunday", both perfectly ochestrated and composed brilliantly to an effect of pain in the right place... also there is the share of political controversy and even a couple of lame songs ("Margaret..." and "Dial a Cliché")... but the real centerpieces taht show the juxtaposition of Moz's vision, of the most tender and the most convulsedly gothic is present in "Alsatian Cousin" (a brutal and at the same time tender gay love story) and "Break up the family" , quite possibly the only hopeful song he has ever written.
In fact... a good, solid record you will spin, and spin and spin...
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My favorite Morrissey record, although "You Are The Quarry" is superb as well. I have fond memories of listening to this album at my best friend's house in a small farming town in northern Utah while on a trampoline, surrounded by fall leaves and discovering that I was in love with a certain girl that lived down the street and around the corner (now my wife). That was over fifteen years ago. A little strange, yes, but that's the point. Nobody else would understand. This album is as charming and lovable as it was back then, and it will always be in my record collection.
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"Viva Hate" isn't my favorite Morrissey solo album. There, I said it. I'm going against the grain of public opinion amongst Morrissey fans, but not without reason. Don't get me wrong, the album is an impressive solo debut (even more so considering that it was released within 6 months following "Strangeways, Here We Come," the final album of his former band the Smiths). But I just don't think it deserves to be on such a high pedestal. Producer Stephen Street replaces former Smith Johnny Marr as his music collaborator on "Viva Hate," and while Street doesn't match Marr's skills, he compliments Morrissey nicely on this disc. There's the lush orchestral arrangements on "Hairdresser on Fire," the gloomy "Everyday is Like Sunday," and the soaring "Angel, Angel Down We Go Together." Mozzer hasn't lost much of touch as a lyricist, either. He tells a tale of unrequited love in the excellent "Suedehead," addresses racism in the semi-controversial "Bengali in Platforms," and delivers a scathing commentary on Thatcherism in the chilling "Margaret on the Guillotine." As much as I like "Viva Hate," my personal favorite Morrissey albums are the tough-as-nails, glam-flavored "Your Arsenal" and "Vauxhall & I." Still this is a respectable and solid debut.
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Really one of the best solo debut's ever. Of course Moz just capitalized on the angst of the Smith's breakup. Using Stephen Street to produce and Vini Reilly to rip you a new one on guitar, this record seethes with hate while mourning the loss all the same. The hits: "Everyday is Like Sunday" and "Suedehead" are wonderful. Others include "Alsatian Cousin", the tender "Late Night, Maudlin Street" and my favorite, "Break up the Family". I own the LP and it's worn out. See my Wish List and buy me the CD, please. Or just give me a helpful vote luv, thanks!
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Morrissey's career thus far has been full of incredible highs and some rather confusing lows, but overall, he's proven himself to be a songwriter and lyricist of unique talent and an undefineable charm. this was his first album after The Smiths disbanded and it shows him in fine form. classic songs such as "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "Hairdresser On Fire" and the quintessential "Suedehead" are all career-defining moments and snapshots of genuine pop genius. elsewhere on the album, things get a little darker and moodier with the orchestral snippet of "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together", the haunting ambience of "Late Night, Maudlin Street," and the scathing "Alsatian Cousin." Viva Hate may not be the most solid solo record from Morrissey, but it's a fine album and a bright start of more great things to come.
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